Careers at The Land Institute
The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.
The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.
Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.
Current Job Openings at The Land Institute
Perennial Sorghum Breeder
Since 2002, one of our programs has been breeding perennial grain sorghum, using populations derived from crosses between Sorghum bicolor and the perennial species S. halepense. This new position will continue advancing this multi-decadal project by producing genetically improved germplasm and cultivars of perennial grain sorghum. In addition to breeding work in the field, greenhouse, and lab, this position based in Salina, KS will collaborate, continue, and expand existing research relationships both in the United States and abroad. The breeder will also consult with researchers in the perennial rice program at Yunnan University in China.
This Ph.D.-required position supervises one research technician and seasonal interns. See full job description.
This position will support the organization through cultivating relationships with potential donors, current donors, strategic partners and others to ensure the success of The Land Institute mission. This is a fundraising role which requires travel, a high level of communication, exemplary interpersonal skills and works as part of a team based in Salina, KS. See full job description.
Based in Manhattan, KS, this Ph.D.-required researcher will work in the lab of Dr. Jesse Poland at Kansas State University helping design and implement genomics research experiments to accelerate improvement of intermediate wheatgrass (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium). This position will involve developing tools and approaches that will be shared across diverse regional breeding programs. See full job description.
Other Employment Opportunities
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Internships at The Land Institute
Our interns and gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.
We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October. Interns are paid and work approximately 40 hour weeks. While we do not offer free housing, limited housing is available near campus and rent is typically around $300/month. Although interns are often students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated) we consider adult applicants of any age and background.
Summer 2020 applications are now closed. Please check back in the fall if you are interested in applying to be an intern for the next season.
Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
The Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint-project of Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and The Land Institute, has an Individual Grants Program that awards grants to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at partner institutions throughout the United States.